"Merry Christmas to All and a Good Night to All" We're posting Clement Clarke Moore's poem The Night Before Christmas (first published in 1823 as A Visit from St. Nicholas) to help you enjoy the holidays.
The Night Before Christmas is a classic story about Santa Claus. When his wife dies, Santa decides not to celebrate Christmas anymore until he finds someone else to share it with. He travels around the world in just one night to find someone special, but no one can see him because nobody is awake.
When Santa arrives at the last house on his journey, an old man is sleeping outside because there are no children alive who might want Christmas presents. But when Santa tells the old man that Jesus is also traveling on this night and wants to say hello, the old man opens his eyes and sees him. Then they both go to sleep again.
In the morning, when everyone else is waking up to open their gifts or go to church, the old man sends Santa away so he can have the day alone. But before doing so, he gives Santa a gift that allows him to travel back through time. Then the old man goes out again to send another traveler - this time, Jesus - away, but this time he doesn't wake up.
Eight The 1823 poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" (commonly known as "'Twas the Night Before Christmas") by Clement C. Moore is primarily responsible for the modern Christmas tradition that contains eight named reindeer. In the story, Santa's reindeer are called Dancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and Rudolf.
The number of reindeer has been a subject of debate among scholars. The most common argument against more than eight reindeer is that there aren't eight wild deer in the woods near Moore's home in Massachusetts. However, since farmers often keep domesticated deer for sport or as pets, it isn't impossible that he saw some captive reindeer.
In addition, there are other animals at Santa's farm that may have been used in place of reindeer including goats and sheep. Finally, some have argued that if Moore had used real deer then they would have been hunted down years ago, but this argument fails to take into account that people don't hunt down wild horses which appear in Western movies, nor do they hunt down cows that appear in cartoons.
Santa's reindeer have become part of popular culture with several toys featuring his ride have been released over the years.
The Night Before Christmas, often known as 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, was initially published anonymously in 1823 and then credited to Clement Clarke Moore, who claimed authorship in 1837. It is one of the most popular poems in the English language.
The poem describes a series of nightly adventures that take place on Christmas Eve around a village called Pondville. The narrator begins with an observation of the stars above him/her and then tells the story of how the various characters met their ends. At the end, the stars are again observed from afar and the reader is told that it has been "a night for a star".
Moore based his poem on a real event that took place in 1798 when he was just eight years old. His father had written a letter home from Philadelphia that year telling about seeing the comet that would soon be named after it: "Yesterday morning at breakfast my wife asked me if I saw the comet that is now passing over our head. I answered, yes; and it is like an apple with a tail,".
His father went on to say that he should not worry about going to church because there would be no service on Christmas Day since it was the day before Christmas. Instead, they would spend the day watching fireworks in celebration of Christ's birth.
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder, and Blitzen were invented by Clement Clarke Moore in his poem "Twas the Night Before Christmas" (1823).
The names of the six reindeer are traditional characters in a children's story called "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." The story was created by Johnny Gruelle who wrote it for his son Rolva.
Gruelle first published his story in 1939. Since then it has appeared in many different versions including comic books, television specials, and movies.
In addition to being the subject of several songs, Rudolph has become a popular character who appears in various other media.
Prancer, Dancer, Dasher, Donner, Vixen, and Blitzen.
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The classic poem "Twas the Night Before Christmas" is provided in its entirety. You can print the poem to share in your classroom, give it to pupils to take home, or use it as a springboard for class discussion. This is an excellent complement to any Christmas-themed curriculum, particularly for reading and literature.